Malaysian Port woos U.A.E. businessmen

Jafza recently held a seminar with Malaysian partners, including Port Klang Free Zone, to encourage logistics-related trade between the two countries.

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By  Robeel Haq Published  July 2, 2006

The Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (Jafza) recently organised a seminar with Malaysian partners, including Port Klang Free Zone and Westports, to encourage logistics-related trade between the two countries. The event attracted a number of high profile Malaysian attendees, including senior government officials, port representatives and the country’s minister of transport. It was organised to encourage investors, manufacturers and shipping lines from the UAE to work with Port Klang Free Zone, which is managed by Jafza International. Over 400 industry leaders attended the seminar, which was officiated by Malaysia’s minister of transport, Sri Chan Kong Choy. “Being the only free zone in Malaysia to integrate both industrial and commercial operations within the same zone, and with our reputation of providing first-class amenities to our tenants, we have a natural advantage of attracting numerous foreign investments,” said Choy. “In the recent years, Malaysia has been witnessing numerous investments from the U.A.E. and we are confident that our partnership with Jafza will bring in more investments and enhance two-way trade between the U.A.E. and Malaysia.” Jafza also took the opportunity to emphasise its role in promoting Port Klang Free Zone for investments by companies and corporations, considering the strategic location, state-of-the-art facilities and incentives offered by Malaysia. “The seminar aimed to encourage investors from the U.A.E to invest in Malaysia and enhance bilateral trade between the two countries. It was also designed to attract investors from Jafza International who have plans to expand their businesses to Port Klang Free Zone in Malaysia,” continued Choy. Developed in an area of 405 hectares within Port Klang, the free zone is Malaysia’s first fully integrated free commercial and industrial zone. Being adjacent to Westports and close to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), investors in the free zone can connect to sea or air transportation from any destination in the world. “The development of Port Klang Free Zone represents a major step towards sustaining the Malaysian government’s goal of making Port Klang a regional distribution base as well as a trade and logistics centre,” commented Salma Hareb, Jafza’s chief executive officer. “With our expertise in international free zone development and management, the partnership with Port Klang Free Zone develops our objective of enhancing Jafza International’s global presence and domestic growth,” she added.

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